04/25/2015ARMENIA – TURKEY From Yerevan to Istanbul, Armenians mark 100 years since the genocide by Ottoman Turkey The presidents of France and Russia attended yesterday’s ceremony in the Armenian capital. A high Vatican official was also present. Armenian President Sargsyan stressed the danger inherent in the denial of the crime. Demonstrations are held in Istanbul. Turkye’s prime minister said his country would “share the pain” felt by Armenians but denies it was genocide. Yerevan (AsiaNews) – Ceremonies have been held in Armenia and around the world to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, a dark page in the history of the 20th century that remains a source of tension between...
04/24/2015IRAQ – TURKEY Bartholomew I’s solidarity to Mar Sako for Iraq’s persecuted Christians by Joseph Mahmoud A few days ago, a Chaldean delegation visited Turkey, where they met the faithful and high-ranking religious and political officials. Patriarch Sako stressed the importance of Christian unity, the only source of strength and salvation. He also visited Diyarbakir cathedral and Zafaran Monastery.
04/24/2015ARMENIA-TURKEY The largest canonization in history: 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire The ceremony, presided over by Karekin II, took place yesterday afternoon at Echmiadzin (Yerevan). Today there will be civil ceremonies. Putin and Hollande expected to attend. The bells have sounded in Armenia and in New York, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Venice. Turkey’s resistence in admitting the genocide. The United States’ embarrassment. Austria’s first step.
04/23/2015TURKEY – ARMENIA The forced Islamisation of Armenians was also genocide by NAT da Polis In addition to the mass slaughter of more than a million Armenians, the Young Turks regime islamised the orphans and women who survived the massacres. Several Turkish historians show that modern Turkey was founded on a "national-fascist" conception of the state, in which Turkish and Islamic were synonymous. The Armenian genocide was followed by a policy of eliminating other Christian minorities, including the Greek Orthodox. Modern Turkey, and Erdogan, do not know how to ask for forgiveness.
04/23/2015IRAQ Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas help Muslim families, displaced from Tikrit and Anbar by Joseph Mahmoud After fleeing the Islamic state, some 2,000 Muslim families receive aid and donations. Such a "fraternal initiative" shows " in a concrete way the solidarity of Christians,” Mar Sako said. For Muslim leaders, the deed rebuilds "trust between communities." The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign by AsiaNews now benefits non-Christians as well.
04/23/2015SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia: "I converted a genie to Islam", claims healer The man posted the alleged words of the genie on Twitter. Avalanche of criticism, with many saying it is a scam to make money. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) plans to set up a committee to regulate the work of these healers.
04/23/2015YEMEN Yemen, more Saudi air raids. Houthi rebels: stop all attacks Rebel militias bombed in Taiz, in spite of the truce. Clashes also registered in Aden, Huta and Daleh. The Houthi call for an end to all attacks, to resume political dialogue. Meanwhile, al Qaeda consolidates its presence in the Southeast.
04/22/2015VATICAN Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue warns against the" risks of increasing hatred, violence, terrorism and the growing and commonplace stigmatisation of Muslims and their religion." For this reason, we "are called upon to strengthen fraternity and dialogue” because “To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.”
04/22/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi The heads of state and government from the two continents want to scrap the "outdated ideas" that underscore the Bretton Woods system and existing international financial institutions. Indonesian President Widodo calls on leaders to "work together" for a "global leadership". Observers wait to see if Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet. Iran’s president calls for more efforts to fight terrorism.
04/22/2015EGYPT – ISLAM Mohamed Morsi’s 20-year sentence is “too light," he escaped “the death penalty" The trial of the former president is the first of four that await him. Yesterday’s verdict refers to the events of 5 December 2012 when Morsi gave orders to attack and kill protesters who accused him of seeking to impose a dictatorship. The spokesman of the Catholic Church in Egypt was an eyewitness to the violence of the Islamist regime. There are some small signs of improvement in security situation and the economy.
04/22/2015YEMEN - S. ARABIA - IRAN End of Saudi air raids in Yemen. Tehran: humanitarian and political solution Riyadh’s head of defense confirms the end of coalition operations in the country. Move from military to "political solution" to the crisis. The Iranian government considers the decision as "positive" and asks for "urgent humanitarian assistance" for the population. Oil prices plummet.